In a previous blog post I had opined about life without a PC. Not life without a computer, but one where all your computer needs and wants are met in a mobile only package. Specifically asking the question, can I get rid of my PC and use an iPad instead?

If that peaked your interest, lets go a step further.


You own an iPad
You own a Bluetooth keyboard
Your home is equipped with high-speed internet and a WiFi network.

Tasks You Need:

  • Manage/Edit/View/Store pictures
  • Manage/Edit/Watch/Store videos
  • Manage/Listen/Store music
  • Office Software for documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • Email
  • Calendar
  • Surf Internet
  • Play Games
  • Open/Create PDFs and Zip files
  • Scan Documents for Sending or Saving
  • Print Documents
  • Storage


  • Manage and View in default Photos app.
  • Editing can be done with loads of apps, but my favorite set is Photos, VSCO, Litely and Diptic. They each offer a unique set of tools that cover all the necessary bases.


  • Manage/Edit/View all home videos in default Photos app.
  • Other video like Movies and TV can be purchased and watched through the Video app, Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube.


  • Manage and Listen through the Music app.
  • Music can be purchased through iTunes app, Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player.
  • Music can be streamed through Spotify or Rdio for a minimum of $4.99 a month.

Office Software



Surf Internet

  • Safari or Chrome.

Play Games

  • Nearly unlimited selection of great games in the App store.

Open/Create PDFs and Zip files

  • Documents and/or many cloud storage solutions like DropBox will allow you to access and create these.

Scan Documents for Sending or Saving

Print Documents

  • There are loads of printer options that have built-in WiFi for very reasonable prices.


No need to fear the Cloud. Cloud storage is more secure and accessible from anywhere, unlike the hard-drive on your home PC. iCloud will back up photos and docs, but if you are retaining loads of files then use something like DropBox Pro. For $99 per year, you can get 1TB (1024GB) of storage.